I like writing. I like my characters and I like setting up challenges for myself as I approach plot-lines. I don’t like selling/promoting. Another thing I don’t like is work, and pretty much everything that happens between writing the first draft and releasing a book is work. So here is what the ‘work’ looked like the past week:
Friday: August 24th: I’m on a high from vending at the Food City Family Race night the day before, and I get an edited copy of “Why Bristol?” back from Bob Land
Saturday/Sunday: I make all the editorial changes he recommends
Monday: Send the content to the Book Couple for typesetting and work on the Title, Copyright, and Acknowledgements pages.
Tuesday: Approve a sample chapter’s typesetting and send the extra pages to the Book Couple. Shamelessly BEG for them to speed up their timetable.
Wednesday: Get the finished book back and immediately pass it to DeeDee for proofreading.
Thursday: DeeDee found 14 items to be addressed. They are all small sorts of things so listing them does not take long and we get the changes back to Gary for typesetting. His schedule is such that he won’t be able to get to it until the afternoon, but somehow he gets it done.
Friday, August 31st: Gary gets the interior loaded onto CreateSpace before 8:00 and I email Drew over at Cumberland Marketing that he can now load the cover. Of course I forgot to tell him that the passwords had changed. NOW, with numerous spikes to my blood pressure, I sit at Earth Fare in Johnson, City (enjoying a chocolate chip Vegan scone) and get the word that, YEAH, everything is now loaded and as soon as they check it over I can release it. “DING DONG THE WORK IS DONE, THE WICKED WORK, THE WICKED WORK, DING DONG THE WICKED WORK IS DONE”
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO MADE THE TIMING OF THIS WEEK NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS